Dr. James Staunton
Regional Director, Recruitment and Retention
Dr. Staunton has been a member of the instructional staff in the MCAA
Program for four years teaching Research Methods for Sports Studies. He
will now coordinate services for current students and direct activities
to expand the student population. Dr. Staunton serves as an MCAA 550
Research Methods instructor and as a Culminating Project advisor.
Dr. Staunton previously worked as a secondary school administrator in
the Huntington Beach Union High School District, where he served in a
variety of administrative roles culminating as principal of Huntington
Beach High School. During his tenure as principal he served as
re-leaguing chair for Orange County on behalf of CIF Southern Section.
Upon the retirement of Dean Crowley as Commissioner, CIF Southern
Section, Dr. Staunton became only the eighth commissioner in the
Section's 100-year history. He served for twelve years. During that time
he established programs to teach sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and
positive coaching techniques. Dr. Staunton served on the State CIF
Federated Council, Risk-management Committee, Golf Committee and was
instrumental in drafting the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with
Honor(c) . Upon his retirement from Southern Section he was honored with
the State Distinguished Service Award and the CIF Southern Section
Champions for Character Award now bears his name.
"I have always admired this program for what it teaches athletic
administrators and for the opportunities this degree opens for our
students, " he said. "I am honored to be part of this staff and will
direct my energies to expanding the program and improving the services
we provide our students."
Concordia University Irvine MCAA program offers a unique professional
development opportunity that fills the academic void between programs in
educational administration and physical education. The Masters in
Coaching and Athletic Administration program enhances leadership and
administrative skills while building professional growth in coaches and
athletic administrators. The MCAA experience is renowned for its
positive and practical approach in the world of educational athletics.
Regarding any aspects of the MCAA Program, Dr. Staunton can be reached